PSP Go bundled with Rock Band - Retail Radar

[UPDATE] Best Buy product listing updated to remove all mention of free voucher for Harmonix rhythm game.

When Sony officially revealed the PSP Go, some eyebrows were raised by the system's $249.99 price point. After all, the current PSP-3000 system can play everything the PSP Go can play, has a UMD disc drive, and sells for $169.99 new.

When was the last time a new system came packed in with a game on day one?

Some of that sticker shock may be alleviated, as Best Buy indicates that the $249.99 price will at least include a game. According to the retailer's product listing, the retail packaging should contain "PSPgo system, USB cable, AC adapter, and Rock Band Unplugged voucher."

Harmonix and MTV Games' rhythm title Rock Band Unplugged released in June to a warm critical reception. Currently, the game sells for $29.99 on its own, although it debuted at $39.99. As with its console counterparts, Rock Band Unplugged allows players to purchase additional songs to play through the in-game storefront.

Representatives with Sony and Harmonix did not return requests for confirmation on the pack-in promotion as of press time. Also, it remains unclear if the voucher is exclusive to Best Buy or is a retailer-agnostic pack-in. Retailers like Amazon and Wal-mart do not list the handheld as being bundled with Rock Band Unplugged.

[UPDATE] Best Buy has updated its product listing for the PSP Go, removing all mention of Rock Band Unplugged and the voucher.

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44 comments
TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@brendanhunt1 Thanks for the useful information, it's good to know that it can resist glare as that often is a bothering thing when playing outdoors. I do think the microphone will be used later on in some of the upcoming games as an 'add-on', not essential, but still an add-on. I'm thinking between a PSP Slim & Lite and the -Go! We'll see, but I know that I have to get either one, because of the upcoming games those are coming on them. Though, I'm still thinking of the Slim & Lite due to it having an UMD drive and I sort of prefer owning the game physically.

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

am i the only one here who likes the psp go. ITS PORTABLE

brendanhunt1
brendanhunt1

@TevoxZi i own a 3000 and a 1000, put them side by side and the image is alot sharper and brighter, it even able to resist glare so its better outdoors. havent use the microphone though. not much of a price difference between the 2000.

bigdaddy9202
bigdaddy9202

my problem is lack of umd drive, will more games be available for download on psn because I want assasins creed and if i have to wait for games to become downloadable then whats the point. just wait a year and the price may go down or more games will become downloadable hopefully

Thirdrail1
Thirdrail1

This is an interesting plan on Sony's part. I personally don't need/want a Go instead of my beloved 2000, but I can see a lot of good points from Sony's position. Free press and buzz, and a newer model that's immune to the Gamestop pawn shop system.

drivemuse
drivemuse

@ monson21502: You're going to be waiting a looonnng time dude. lol.

Trogeton
Trogeton

WOW.. I was not expecting this... This is Great

monson21502
monson21502

GOahead waste your money . im waiting on psp2

Panzeram
Panzeram

@Hawkeye: Why would you need a voucher for a FREE demo...that doesn't make any sense at all.

tawagivercetti
tawagivercetti

my old fatty is still going strong from day 1 will i be tempted by the go?

EMXX_Hawkeye
EMXX_Hawkeye

A Sony Rep told me last week this was just a Rock Band DEMO and not the game. There won't be any bundles to start with for the system. It's sad that we won't even get some kind of case to go with the system, but Sony has to make up lost profits somehow.

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

They should do like the DSi and bundle it with Playstation download points (whatever theyre called) instead of a game that way PSP Go buyers can use the points on any game they want.

JCASHUFL
JCASHUFL

So, they release the reduced functionality PSP with the reduced functionality Rock Band. Makes sense.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I am just going to stay with the PSP I have now

madkiller32k
madkiller32k

They should bundle Gran Turismo and The PSP Go. Sony would sell alot more....

metalmasterW
metalmasterW

well...what if they took rock band off there ? i dont want rockband ..i just want the console that could lower the price a bit

Marc_543322
Marc_543322

im gonna wait a few months till they get all the bugs out of the system but i'll buy it to replace my PSP 1000

Zidaneski
Zidaneski

I already have the Rock Band Unplugged game..., there is no point for me to own it again. But I'll still get the Go.

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

[quote="kavadias1981"] @TevoxZi Get a PSP 2000. I own a 3000 and, thanks to the fractionally sharper image you get those horrible horizontal lines cutting your sprites up. The built in microphone is pointless and I haven't had one use for it. The 2000 doesn't have those lines and the games look just as great, plus its cheaper. So go for that. [/quote] Thanks for the reply! :) I'll think about it.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

@TevoxZi Get a PSP 2000. I own a 3000 and, thanks to the fractionally sharper image you get those horrible horizontal lines cutting your sprites up. The built in microphone is pointless and I haven't had one use for it. The 2000 doesn't have those lines and the games look just as great, plus its cheaper. So go for that.

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

I haven't bought a PSP yet, I'm thinking of doing so however. Wanting to play Crisis Core, Dissidia, God of War and the upcoming Gran Turismo on it at least. I don't know whether to buy this Go, or the Slim & Lite or just wait for PSP2 whenever it comes out, what do you guys think? I think if the PSP2 has support for PSP (1) -games, I'm going for that, but possibly going for the Go, after letting the price get a little lower. - - (Not interested in Rock Band by the way, I had enough of Guitar Hero -styled games after the first hour of playing.) However, I'm not saying it's the same for the others, games are opinionated and this game just well, isn't my style. It's a great offer anyways. :)

gnbfd
gnbfd

RBU is PSP GOTY so far. $250 is still too much though... at least make it 20GB. Maybe even 32

-RuneKnight-
-RuneKnight-

I don't get why everyone thinks there's even going to BE a PSP2. For all we know, the PSP Go could be the official successor, not a "PSP2". I for one think the Go is good, not great, but good. It's faster and stronger, and it's more compact. Other than that, no real changes though, so it isn't worth that much money if you just bought a 3000. If all you have is a 1000 though, I'm guessing you could consider the Go.

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

@okassar You make a good point but I cant help but wonder if the PSP Go is going to cost $249.99 how much will the PSP 2 retail for?

dzfunk64
dzfunk64

Wow, this is VERY old news, GameSpot. Best Buy has had that listed on their website for at least a month now. I'd much rather see a lower price than a free game, though. I really don't think Rock Band will be much fun without any actual instruments to play.

okassar
okassar

I'll just wait for the PSP2. Sony's squeezing the PSP name for all it's worth so that it can make as much money as possible before going on with the PSP2.

jtvbetta
jtvbetta

How about they drop the PSP Go's price instead? Who cares about bundled games anyways?

Ryguy4738
Ryguy4738

Well byt the time this comes out, Rock Band Unplugged will be like 20 bucks, so maybe a couple games or at least a few dollars worth of money for the store.

wwwgippal
wwwgippal

I could care less about Rock Band Unplugged so Psp Go still stinks for me :/

hallgren
hallgren

The bigger question is this though, why is there no SKU at Gamestop? I went in their yesterday because I had about $75 credit and wanted to reserve it but the manager finally told me after 2 months of me nagging him that they were not going to carry it, So i had to go to FYE and reserve it their! My only guess is that they think their won't be any attach rate to the psp go! Is this going to be downloadable only or will it also be like patapon 2 is right now where you get a voucher? Only time will tell I guess! I am not happy about this cause would have traded my games back into FYE if I knew Gamestop wasn't going to carry it!

NuKkU
NuKkU

Thats a good price RB:UP is a great game i bought my PSP 3000 with it

Vexx88
Vexx88

Its not worth a Wii price. Ill just get a 3000.

finalcross
finalcross

Answer to the caption : The Wii in 2007

spacer69
spacer69

It could come bundle with gold and I still not buying something that is not a big difference from the PSP-3000 its not worth $250.00. I will wait for the PSP2 with dual analog, longer battery life, and more memory.

Panzeram
Panzeram

First of all it uses flash memory not a hard drive. Anyway, it's amazing that people will still complain even though a free bonus has been thrown in. The PSP Go is new so of course it costs more. But now we find out that a game has been thrown in for the same 250 dollar price and everyone says it it isn't enough. I'm grateful for this new offer.

Oozyrat
Oozyrat

@gerson25 LOL! Agreed - %100 ;) One game isn't worth another $80. With a smaller screen too, no way, I'll stay with my DS. The GB increase is good, but still not worth the extra $80. If I were to get a PSP, I would definetly give this a pass and go with the 3000. P.S - I, personally, think that the PSP should use cartridges so you don't have to use a harddrive at all.(but Sony will lose some money on that on, however, maybe people will buy more of them not having to worry about the harddrive)

gerson25
gerson25

GameSpot: When was the last time a new system came packed in with a game on day one? Me: Nintendo Wii.

xaos
xaos

One quibble with the article; the price comparison doesn't acknowledge the 16 GB of onboard memory...

gameguy0697
gameguy0697

i really want that game but not for the Stupid PSP GO!

konradak
konradak

Cool stuff, already have it on my 3000 though. Fun game, definitely worth it :D

CharlieFubar
CharlieFubar

seeing as i just bought an asus eee pc (netbook) for 50 dollars more than the go.... im gonna have to pass...